Rocks, Minerals and Their Properties
Garnet inclusions in a metamorphic specimen from Southbury, Connecticut. Garnet is the state mineral of Connecticut.

Grade Level: Grades 2 through 8
Science Content Standards: 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 7.3
Language Arts Content Standards: 1.2

Description: Students will be introduced to the vocabulary used in identifying different kinds of minerals: color, odor, hardness, luster and magnetism. Each student will make observations about crystal shapes using hands-on specimens. We will demonstrate the special characteristics revealed by acid testing. Also covered is an introduction to Connecticut geology, including where the major groups of sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks can be found. This hands-on program includes fossils.